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1 world /ˈwɚld/ noun
plural worlds
1 world
/ˈwɚld/
noun
plural worlds
Learner's definition of WORLD
the world : the earth and all the people and things on it
[count] : a part of the world and the people and things that exist there
see also first world, new world, old world, third world
[count] : human society
The real world is the world where everyone lives, works, and deals with everyday problems.
the world : the people in the world
The outside world refers to the people who live outside of a particular place or who do not belong to a particular group.
[count]
: a particular kind of interest, activity, or social situation, or the people who are involved in it
see also twilight world
: a group of things of a particular type
: a particular environment
[count]
: a particular part of human life and experience
: the life and experiences of a particular person
[count] : a planet where there is life : a planet that is like Earth
[singular] informal : a great amount of something
the world : all that is important : everything

all the time in the world

: a great deal of time to do something

a world away from

: completely different from (something)

come down in the world

: to become less wealthy, successful, etc.

come into the world

formal + literary
: to be born

dead to the world

see 1dead

for all the world

: in every way : exactly

for the world

informal
: for any reason used to make a statement more forceful

in the world

informal
: among many possibilities used to make a question or statement more forceful

in your own world

or in a world of your own
◊ If you are/live in a world of your own or are/live in your own (little) world, you spend so much time thinking about something that you do not notice what is happening around you.

(it's a) small world

used to show surprise when you meet someone you know at an unexpected place or find out that you share a friend, acquaintance, etc., with another person

move up in the world

: to become more wealthy, successful, etc.

not long for this world

: about to die soon

not the end of the world

see 1end

on top of the world

see 1top

out of this world

informal

promise (someone) the world

see 2promise

set the world on fire

informal also chiefly British set the world alight
: to be very successful and attract a lot of attention

the best of all (possible) worlds

: the best possible situation

the best/worst of both worlds

◊ When you have the best of both worlds, you have all the advantages of two different situations and none of the disadvantages.
◊ When you have the worst of both worlds, you have all the disadvantages of two different situations and none of the advantages.

the (whole) world over

: everywhere in the world

the world is your oyster

see oyster

world (is) coming to

◊ People say that they don't know what the world is coming to or they ask What is the world coming to? when they are shocked or disgusted by something that has happened.

world revolves around

◊ If you think the world revolves around you, you think that your own life, problems, etc., are more important than other people's.
◊ If your world revolves around (someone or something), that person or thing is extremely important in your life.

world(s) apart

◊ If something is a world apart from something else, or if two people or things are worlds apart, they are completely different.
2 world /ˈwɚld/ adjective
2 world
/ˈwɚld/
adjective
Learner's definition of WORLD
always used before a noun
: of or relating to the whole world
: extending or found throughout the world : worldwide
: involving many parts of the world or the whole world
: known or famous throughout the world
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